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New director takes the helm at WMU's Bernhard Center

by Deanne Puca

June 22, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU Bernhard Center Director Paul Terzino.
Paul Terzino, Bernhard Center director
KALAMAZOO--A professional with nearly 20 years of experience managing university student center facilities, services and programs is the new director of Western Michigan University's Bernhard Center.

Paul Terzino took the reins of the center June 20 after moving to Kalamazoo from the University of California San Diego, where he served as director of University Centers. He replaces Ted Petropoulos who retired in 2010.

As director of the Student Center and the Price Center at UCSD, Terzino was instrumental in directing and completing a $58 million expansion and renovation project in 2008. He also helped develop and oversee a comprehensive food court and retail program, which included campus catering and a number of national restaurant chains.

"Paul is an excellent choice to lead the Bernhard Center into a bright new future," says Dr. Diane Anderson, vice president for student affairs. "I am confident that he will continue to transform the Bernhard Center into an active and vibrant facility with a focus on student engagement."

Previously, Terzino was assistant director for the Norris University Center at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and was employed for eight years at the Illinois Institute of Technology as director of McCormick Tribune Campus Center and Hermann Union Building.

He earned his master's degree in higher education and student affairs and his bachelor's in political science at Indiana University. He has been active with Association of College Unions International at the regional, national and international levels.

For more information, contact Diane Anderson at or (269) 387-2152.